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Government Financial Professional Training

October 29, 2014

This course has been approved for up to 7 CPE hours by the Nebraska Board of Public Accountancy. Course Number: 14-378.

8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

Topic: Ethics in Public Service
Description: Creating a culture of ethics in the Public Sector is critical to those entities serving the public. Government officials serve the people and manage the resources funded by constituents. Along with those responsibilities, there is an expectation from the public that public servants conduct day-to-day activities with accountability, equality, and integrity.

Speaker: Frank Daley, Executive Director, Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission
Frank Daley is the Executive Director of the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission. From 1987 to 1999 he served as the Commission's General Counsel. Prior to his service with the Commission, Daley engaged in the private practice of law in Hebron, Nebraska and served as a staff attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Omaha. He received a BA in Government from Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey and a law degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. Daley is a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association and the Lincoln Bar Association. He has served as the Vice Chair of the NSBA's Poverty Law Committee and Chairman of the NSBA's Government Practice Section. Daley served on the governing board of the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws (now in Athens, Georgia) and on the Board of Directors of COGEL International Fund of Sainte-Foy, Quebec, Canada. He is the past president of the Lincoln Bar Association and currently serves as an editorial board member for Public Integrity; a Journal of the American Society for Public Administration.

9:50 a.m. to 10:05 a.m. Welcome
Andy Stebbing, Lancaster County Treasurer
Ben Hart, CPA, Vice President., Allen, Gibbs & Houlik, L.C.
10:05 a.m. to 10:55 a.m.

Topic: EMV and other Merchant Business Updates

Description: Europay®, MasterCard® and Visa® (EMV), commonly referred to as pin and chip technology, is captivating the industry as a required security upgrade scheduled for Merchants in October 2015. And with such a large portion of the international payments landscape already offering this technology, U.S. merchants are taking a proactive approach to understand what EMV is and what it means to their business. Additionally, the speaker will discuss merchant business updates.

Speaker: U.S. Bank N.A.

Speaker Susan Rue, Senior Director with Elavon

Susan Rue is a member of the Strategic Customer Solutions team within Elavon, the payment processing subsidiary of U.S. Bank. She has been in the acquiring and payment solutions business for 20 years, working with clients from across many industries throughout North America to implement a variety of products and services in their payment acceptance environments. Susan is currently a Sr. Director working specifically with customer needs for security in managing their transaction processing. She holds a Bachelorís in Business from Bellevue University, is a certified Project Management Professional and is a native and current resident of Omaha, Nebraska.

10:55 a.m. to 11:10 a.m.Break with Vendors
11:10 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.

Topic: Capital Asset Management
Description: Capital Asset Management - from CIP to fixed asset to disposition. This presentation also covers some related audit topics as well.

Speaker: Ben Hart, CPA, Vice President, Allen, Gibbs & Houlik, L.C

Ben Hart has dedicated his career to government, working for 15 years as the Director of Resource Management with the City of Olathe, Kansas, as well as the Chief Financial Officer of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County / Kansas City, Kansas. His responsibilities included governmental accounting and internal controls, budgeting, debt and risk management, economic development policy, development negotiations and performance management. Ben joined AGH as Vice President in 2011, and he serves government clients in audit, accounting and consulting capacities.

12:20 p.m. to 1:10 p.m.

Topic: Transcending the Flames
Description: Dr. Steve Joel will share his experience working with LPS staff, the Lincoln community, and others recovering from a fire that destroyed the Lincoln Public Schools district office. Dr. Joel will share information on the human aspect of disaster recovery/business continuity, how to get organized and recover from a disaster quickly in order for your business to continue, and lessons learned and changes implemented by LPS.

Speaker: Stephen C. Joel, Ed.D., Superintendent, Lincoln Public Schools

A native of Long Island, New York, with degrees from Doane College, University of Nebraska, and Kansas State, Dr. Joel has extensive experience as a superintendent in Kansas and Nebraska. Prior to his current role as Superintendent of Lincoln Public Schools, Dr. Joel served for ten years as superintendent in Grand Island and eight years in Beatrice. Located in the heart of the plains, LPS is renowned for its long-standing legacy of educational excellence and serving more than 38,000 students in 38 elementary schools, 11 middle schools, 6 high schools, and 7 additional programs.

1:10 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.Break
1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Topic: Employee Engagement

Description: While the state of the U.S. economy has changed substantially since 2000, the state of the American workplace has not. Currently, 30% of the U.S. workforce is engaged in their work, and the ratio of engaged to actively disengaged employees is roughly 2-to-1, meaning that the vast majority of U.S. workers (70%) are not reaching their full potential - a problem that has significant implications for the economy and the individual performance of American companies. However, there are pockets of organizations in the U.S. that have figured out engagement, and some, like Gallup's Great Workplace Award winners, are reaping the benefits of having more than five times the ratio of engaged to actively disengaged employees. This presentation will focus on our Gallup Q12 questions, best practices utilized to build and sustain engaged employees, and the importance of the manager in building, and sustaining, an engaged workplace.

Speaker: Charlie Colón, Global Channel Manager, Gallup Inc.

Charlie Colón is Gallup's Global Channel Manager for employee engagement. He helps companies implement Gallup's employee engagement solution for small- to medium-sized organizations to increase their productivity, customer engagement, quality, retention, safety, and profit. He has worked with clients in the financial services, hospitality, healthcare, and retail sectors. Prior to assuming his current role, Charlie served as Executive Director of Gallup Technology. He managed a team of technical project engineers who develop software used by clients and associates and served as the product manager for Gallup's online reporting portal, which is used by more than 800 clients. Charlie also led Gallup's information technology efforts worldwide. He managed a staff of technologists that served operations in the United States, China, India, Australia, Singapore, Bangkok, and Tokyo. Charlie joined Gallup in 1991. He received his bachelor's degree in business administration from Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska. He received his master's degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

2:20 p.m. to 3:10 p.m.

Topic: Citizen Centric Reporting

Description: Many governments struggle to communicate the business of government to constituents, particularly when presenting information about how taxpayers' money is allocated and spent. In the past, financial information has been presented in forms understandable only to trained accountants, which, though vital, have little meaning for the average person.

Citizen-Centric Reporting is intended to foster innovative means of communication between governments and their citizens. Government financial information should be provided to citizens in forms that are clear and understandable, updated regularly and often, delivered to all, easy to locate, honest in breadth and technically accurate in detail. In fact, as the owners of government, citizens have a right to this information.

Speaker: Cindy Miserez, CGFM

Cindy earned the CGFM (Certified Government Financial Manager) designation from AGA in 2013. She is currently a Budget Management Analyst for the State of Nebraska Administrative Services Budget Division with responsibilities including agriculture, natural resources, environmental quality and game and parks. Special projects include coordination of ARRA (federal grant program American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) reporting requirements for Nebraska state government agencies. She also covered the higher education budget functions as a temporary assignment. Cindy has an MBA from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with an emphasis in economics and a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Creighton University. She previously worked as the Finance Manager for the Omaha Housing Authority, Senior Accountant at Rehab Visions, Inc. and manager in outside plant, budget and regulatory matters at US West Communications (Century Link). Cindy is an active member of the Downtown Lincoln Rotary Club #14, is on the board of directors for the Lincoln AGA Chapter and Pioneer House Senior Housing Cooperative. She previously served on the board of directors for the Madonna School for Exceptional Children with a focus on fundraising.

3:20 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Topic: Payment System Update

Description: In the late 1990s, the US Payments System saw the highest number of checks processed – nearly 50 billion items. Since that time, that number has decreased at a rapid pace. ACH, Debit Cards, Credit Cards and Prepaid cards have picked up the slack left behind by check as a primary payment instrument. Not only has the number of payment methods increased, but the speed of payment has also increased. What does this mean for today’s payment system – or tomorrow’s payment system? What additional decisions will you have to consider when thinking about how to make your payments and what channel(s) will that payment take? This session will explore the past, present, and future of payment processing.

Speaker: Lance Wagner AAP, Regional Account Executive, Federal Reserve Banks

"A Nebraska native, Lance is a Regional Account Executive in the Financial Services area, responsible for large regional financial institutions in Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Kansas, and Missouri. Lance works closely with these institutions in a consultative manner discussing/reviewing Federal Reserve Financial Services and industry practices. He is also the ACH Product Specialist for the Seventh and Tenth Federal Reserve Districts. During his tenure at the Fed, Lance has also worked as a Senior Supervisor in the FedLine access area, with responsibility for service set up, credentials, and customer support. Lance has been with the Federal Reserve Bank for 18 years. He has a Bachelor's degree in Finance & Economics from Doane College in Crete, NE, and is also an Accredited ACH Professional (AAP)."

4:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Training wrap up, door prize drawing
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